Just this past weekend, England held once of its most prestigious motoring events, the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This awesome annual gathering of gearheads is put on by the esteemed Earl of March, who is a bit of a petrolhead himself. Lord March, as he is formally known, opens up the famed Goodwood estate to all manner of folks who come to race their cars up his long and winding driveway.
And you can’t have an event called the Festival of Speed and not have the brand new 662 horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500. This year Ford’s revitalized supercar made an appearance at the Festival of Speed, in part as a tribute to the late, great Carroll Shelby himself. This next video showcases not just the Shelby GT500, but the upcoming Focus ST making an attempt at the hillclimb in reverse.
First though, the 2013 GT500, which we have well-documented on these pages. For the uninitiated though, the 2013 Shelby GT500 has 662 horsepower, 630 ft-lbs of torque, and a top speed of over 200 mph. While the Shelby couldn’t put all that power to use in the relatively limited space of the Goodwood hill climb, it still made an impressive showing none-the-less.
But perhaps more impressive were the driving antics of the new Focus ST. Rather than tackle the hill climb going forward, as many drivers are want to do, the Focus ST took on most of the course in reverse. Save for a brief period of forward driving where the car was yanked around without losing a beat.
So tell us who put on the better show; the GT500, or the Focus ST?